Last time, we looked at the first of the 3Ms of Productivity – motive. I hope I was able to convince you that your motives for operating your business should include lifestyle as well as client service. If you missed this article, click HERE to read what I’m talking about and to see if you agree!
If your business is not supporting the lifestyle that you have dreamed of or were accustomed to prior to starting on the road to entrepreneurship, it is time for a change. And mindset and method are the essential elements for making that change happen – they are crucial for the “getting it done” part of being productive.
Today, we’re looking at mindset.
This is the set of beliefs or way of thinking that is specific to you and that determines your behavior, your outlook, and your mental attitude.
Your mindset comes into play when you set your goals and intentions. It is infused into every action that you take – or don’t take – to make these goals and intentions real.
If you find that you are “stuck” with regard to making progress on a particular project or task, despite repeated attempts to implement it, then it’s a good idea to take a look at the mindset you are bringing to the task. Ask yourself the following questions:
1) Do I believe that I am capable of achieving my goal?
2) Do I believe that I am worthy of (good enough for) what I want to achieve?
3) Am I ready to accept and embrace what I want to achieve?
If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” then you can look at other possible causes for being stuck and appropriate solutions for getting unstuck. But if the answer to any or all of the questions is “no,” then getting to “yes” is of utmost importance before addressing anything else.
You may find that you need to answer these same questions about the lifestyle goal that you established when you declared your motives for starting your business. If you say that you want a lifestyle that consists of taking lots of time off to spend with your family, but your mindset tells you that the only way to succeed is by working long hours and shunning vacation, then there is a mismatch that needs to be resolved.
Responding to these questions may well bring to the surface unpleasant memories and feelings that have been lying dormant. I encourage you not to avoid them, but rather, to bring them front and center so that you can find a way to deal with them. Talking with a trusted colleague or using emotional freedom techniques (EFT) on your own or with a practitioner are a couple of options that you can pursue to make the process easier.
Believing that you are capable, good enough, and ready to accept and embrace what you want to achieve makes it easy to turn your full attention to the third of the 3Ms of productivity – method. Even if you don’t fully believe, taking action and succeeding at a task will move you closer to putting self-doubt aside and fully embracing what you are truly capable of.
We’ll look at method in the next Getting over Overwhelm blog post.
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